A Page -- Jan. 25, 2012

Waters will be guarding against the Vikings coming out flat again against Youngstown State

Going into the second half of the Horizon League season, Cleveland State men’s basketball is in a two-way tie for first place with Valparaiso, but it is not going to start off easy is right off the bat the Vikings get Youngstown State, owners of one of the two conference losses on the Vikes’ record.

Coach Gary Waters, at his weekly Media Gathering Tuesday, addressed this issue put sole responsibility on himself to making sure that this time the Vikings are ready and do not come out flat in the mini steel city as they had when the Penguins came to Cleveland on New Year’s Eve.

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In that game, two Viking starters, Aaron Pogue and Trey Harmon, went down with injuries.

CSU has lost only one other league game since then and that one was on the road. YSU, on the other hand, has been playing well at home, posting back-to-back wins against Green Bay and Milwaukee last weekend and has moved into a three-way tie for third place at 6-3 behind the Crusaders and Vikings.

Waters is concerned that YSU has too many weapons and if he chooses to put his best defenders to stop one guy, it opens it up for another ‘Guin Student/Athlete to do damage on the Vikes.

The last couple times the nemesis to CSU was local boy, Ashen Ward, a Villa Angela-St. Joe product.



“He’s a senior now and he knows what he has to do to have an impact on the game,” Waters said. “They have all kinds of guys who can score in the teens and 20s and could be a potential danger to us.”

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Two of the brightest spots lately for CSU have been the production of two other local S/A’s, Stronsgville’s Tim Kamczyc and Cleveland Central Catholic’s Anton Grady.

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Grady has been helping with defense and offensive rebounding and Kamczyc with his smart shot selection, connecting on 4 of 4 (all from behind the arc) in the last win Sunday, a relative blow out against Milwaukee, which came into the weekend in first place and left the weekend in third place (tied).

Mount Union/John Carroll to be on STO

The Mount Union men's basketball looks to continue its ascent up the Ohio Athletic Conference standings when they travel to University Heights to take on John Carroll Wednesday night. Scheduled for 7:30 pm, SportsTime Ohio will air the game on tape delay at 11 pm Wednesday night and at 5 am Thursday morning.

In a matchup that features one of the OAC's hottest teams against one of the OAC's top teams, the Purple Raiders hope to avenge a 79-62 loss at home to the Blue Streaks back in December. The Raiders (8-9, 4-6) have won four of their past five conference games and five of seven overall. Defense has been the key, as the Raiders have held four opponents under 50 points during that stretch and are allowing a conference-best 65.4 points per game on the season.  John Carroll (12-4, 7-3) is a game behind Capital for first place in the OAC. The Blue Streaks, who lead the conference in scoring at 84 points per game, were held to a season-low 68 points in their loss to the Crusaders Saturday night.

Mount Union and John Carroll are the top two three-point-shooting teams in the OAC this season. The Blue Streaks lead the conference in three-point field goal percentage (.376) and three-pointers per game (8.7) while the Raiders rank second in both categories (.358/8.1).

Senior Jimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek) and freshman Nate Jacubec (Struthers/Struthers) have been a dynamic duo for the Raiders and scored 37 of their 48 points against Otterbein this past weekend. Jacubec went for a career-high 21 points and his 15 first-half points almost matched Otterbein's total for the half (17).

Wood is averaging 19.4 points per game to lead the conference in scoring (19.4) and three-pointers per game (2.7). An All-OAC performer last season, Wood has shown a versatile skill set for a player his size (6-6) and also leads the Raiders in rebounding (5.9), steals (1.5), and minutes played (33.7).

Jacubec has quickly become one of the top players for the Raiders. His 11.3 points per game are good for second on the team and ranks second among freshmen in the conference. Jacubec's shooting ability has been on display all season, as his 29 three-pointers are second on the team and his 82.7-percent free throw percentage is second in the conference.

Junior point guard Justen Little (Galion/Galion) and freshman Stevie Griffin (Canton/Massillon Jackson) have also been major contributors for Mount Union. Little is second in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (4.43) and second in the conference with 3.7 assists per game while Griffin is shooting a conference-best 45.2-percent on three-pointers to go along with 9.0 points per game on the season.

John Carroll enters the game unbeaten at home, going a perfect 5-0 at the DeCarlo Varsity Center this season. The Blue Streaks look to push the tempo and are 18th in the nation in scoring and lead the OAC in steals (10.1) and turnovers forced (17.9).

John Carroll has six players who average at least eight points per game, led by guard Corey Shontz. The senior is third in the conference in scoring (16.9) and steals (2.1) while averaging a conference-best 4.4 assists per game. Senior forward Mark Hester also scores in double-figures at 12.8 points per game and grabs 7.6 rebounds per game to rank fourth in the conference.

Guards Joe Meyer (8.3), Michael Hartnett (8.3), and Conor Sweeney (8.1) and forward/center Kyle Hubbard (8.1) also contribute to the Blue Streaks' balanced scoring attack. Shontz (34), Hartnett (31), and Meyer (23) have made at least 23 three-pointers on the season and rank among the top four in career three-pointers in school history. Shontz, Meyer, and guard Jeff Chahine all shoot better than 40-percent from long distance.

Last Meeting

Mount Union had fewer field goals (9) than turnovers (12) in a first half that featured seven Blue Streak three-pointers and trailed 44-23 at halftime. The Purple Raiders opened the second stanza on a 15-7 run to trim the deficit to 13 points, but never got any close as John Carroll earned a 79-62 win in Alliance.

Jimmy Wood paced Mount Union with 23 points while Matt Wier added 15 points and a team-best seven rebounds.

Corey Shontz was the only Blue Streak in double-figures, but he went for a big 29 points on 12-of-16 shooting from the field, tying his career mark for field goals and finishing a point shy of his career-best in points. Mark Hester grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds and scored four points.

The Series

This is the 74th meeting between the teams with John Carroll holding a 38-35 lead in the series. John Carroll has won the past five meetings, including all three a year ago. The last Raider victory game on December 9, 2009 at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex. Jimmy Wood scored a game-high 22 points as the Raiders upset No. 2 John Carroll, 67-62.

 Tyler Davis, Ryan Kordish charge Rangers win over Lorain

 North Ridgeville won Tonights match over Lorain by 68 pins, in a match held at Black River Lanes.

Boys Varsity
North Ridgeville
Glenn Waligora  184-168 (352)
Logan Gedeon 234-176 (410)
Tyler Davis 256-182 (438)
Alex Scullin - -
Joey Peterson 231-198 (429)
Ryan Kordish 228-210 (438)
Baker Games  190-178 (368)
Game 1  1323
Game 2  1112
Grand Total Pins  2435
Travis Szabo 215-181 (396)
Devin Wrice - -
Julian Thomas - -
Collin Velasquez 210-190 (400)
Solomon Fenn 212-234 (446)
Xavier Kurpley 211-188 (399)
Zachary Pilger - 161 (161)
S.A.W. 146 - (146)
Baker Games 226-193(419)
Game 1 1220
Game 2 1147
Grand Total PIns 2367
Boys JV
North Ridgeville
CJ Schneider 139 - (139)
Caleb Barbosa - 159 (159)
Donny Ciryak 185-178 (363)
Zack Pulvino 175-141(316)
Joey Casement 161-169 (330)
Nico Dennis 258-184 (442)
Baker Games 207-169 (376)
Game 1 1125
Game 2 1000
Grand Total Pins 2125
Nathan Flores 165-227(392)
Joseph Borden 158-173(331)
Andrew Barczyk 121-141(262)
Ricky Sartin 163-118(281)
Julien Thomas 157-171(328)
Baker Games 141-165(306)
Game 1 905
Game 2 995
Grand Total PIns 1900

Oberlin to host evening with Billie Streets

Oberlin Ohio – Students and all Oberlin constituents will have the opportunity to meet with one of the highest-ranking women in professional sports when class of 1986 graduate Theodosia “Billie” Streets comes to campus for a presentation on Tuesday, February 7. Her presentation will run from 7:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. in Wilder Hall.

Streets is the Vice President of Corporate Events and Communications Administration at Madison Square Garden.  Additionally, she oversees Madison Square Garden’s Archive Project and Madison Square Garden’s Photo Services Department.

Her work encompasses implementation, marketing and production of events, meetings and press conferences for MSG Corporate, MSG Entertainment, MSG Garden of Dreams Foundation, MSG Media, MSG Sports, New York Knicks (NBA), New York Rangers (NHL) and New York Liberty (WNBA).

Prior to this position, Streets was Director Special Events for the New York Knicks.  She was later promoted to the position of Directorship of Special Events for Madison Square Garden, producing and implementing events for MSG Corporate, Radio City Music Hall, MSG Cheering for Children Foundation, MSG Networks, New York Knicks, New York Rangers and New York Liberty. 

Streets manages a budget in excess of $4.5 million for Madison Square Garden and generates an impressive revenue stream based on working with corporate clients, New York’s professional sports teams, and other clients of the Garden.

After graduating from Oberlin in 1986 with a degree in sociology, she went to The Ohio State University where she earned a Master’s in Business Admiration (MBA).  She recently received her Doctorate in Management and Marketing at Pace University in 2011.

At the event she will speak on the forces and experiences that shaped her interests and career.  After her talk she is happy to answer questions and have a dialogue with students who want to learn more.

Matt Kaplan ' 07 Named as Prestigious New Leaders Council Institute Fellow

Washington, D.C. – Former men’s basketball player, club sport athlete, and Heisman Club board member Matt Kaplan ’07 was named as a New Leaders Council Fellow earlier this month.
After receiving nearly 4,000 nominations, the NLC selected Kaplan as one of 21 regional representatives from the Washington, D.C area. Past fellows have included White House staff members, Senate and House Legislative Assistants, Directors, Counsel members, and leaders in both the non-profit and business world.
“I am extremely thankful to have been nominated and selected as fellow for the Washington, D.C. Chapter,” Kaplan said. “I am humbled to join a class that includes so many distinguished individuals.”
Kaplan, a Senior Consultant at technology firm Booz Allen Hamilton, provides organizational change management and strategic communication advice to clients. Prior to joining Booz Allen, Kaplan served as a legislative staff member for U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and Congressman Harry Mitchell. He advised the Members on floor votes; wrote talking points; drafted correspondence; negotiated cosponsors; and successfully shepherded legislation into law. Kaplan also advised Congressman Mitchell in his role as Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee for Oversight and Investigations, and helped lead the outreach to national veteran groups, pushing the VA to extend the suicide prevention hotline, which since has been credited for saving thousands of at-risk veterans.
A native of Claremont, California, he graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in Law and Society, and minors in religion and philosophy. He was elected senior class president and was a co-captain for the men’s basketball team.
About the NLC
The mission of New Leaders Council (NLC) is to train and support the next generation of progressive political entrepreneurs—those who are leading industries, setting trends, and building institutions that support robust civic and political life in a global America.
Parts of this article were taken directly from the NLC website.

Vikings looking to Pack the House Saturday against Detroit

After having to endure a tough defeat to 17-0 Green Bay over the weekend, Cleveland State’s basketball team will try to get back on the winning track with a pair of home games this weekend against Wright State and Detroit.

Against Detroit on Saturday afternoon it will be Pack the House Day as all fans will be admitted into the game for only $1. It harkens back to the old bleacher days when someone could see good Student/Athletic action.

The Vikings did come away with a split over weekend, winning Thursday at Milwaukee. The Vikings are now starting two freshmen in Corey Coleman and Akron’s Imani Gordon.

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Coleman had 18 points against Milwaukee and Gordon reached double figures in rebounds against Green Bay.

Coach Peterson Abiad said it has worked better for both of them because they have the shared experience of starting at the Division I level so soon as freshmen.

It is still uncertain when Destinee Blue is expected to return from practice from her foot injury, but in the meantime the action offense, allegedly originated at Princeton, has worked out well for Shay Winton, who has been averaging 23 a points a game since Blue’s injury and was averaging only 12 a game prior to it.

Cleveland State is still looking for its first episode of back-to-back wins this season and could get it this weekend but would have to do it against two of the top three teams in league in terms of won-loss record. Both are two games behind unbeaten Green Bay. 

Peterson Abiad said in order to beat Wright State, the Vikings will have to stop the three point shooting.


St. Ignatius ranked No. 1 in Ohio hockey; Wildcats are now 30-0; 

Gilmour ranked 6th

Trying to become the first Ohio team to go undefeated in 31 years and only the second ever, St. Ignatius hockey is again a near unanimous choice as the No. 1 ranked team in the state.


Coming into the week, the Wildcats were 30-0.

Shaker Heights is the only other team to go undefeated from beginning of season to end.


1. Cleveland St. Ignatius 89 (8)

2. Sylvania Northview 80 (1)

3. Hunting Valley University School 67

4. Lakewood St. Edward 52 

5. Toledo St.. Johns 48

6. Gates Mills Gilmour Academy 43

7. Mentor Lake Catholic 32

8. Shaker Heights 20

9. Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit 18

10. Olentangy Liberty 15

Amber Kessler leads Rangers victory

North Ridgeville was a high school bowling winner over the Lorain Titans by 103 pins.

North Ridgeville Varsity:

Danielle Cayet           91-151  =  242
Alexis Jalowiec         104-91   = 195
Amber Kessler          147-171 = 318
Chelsea Jelenek       136-132 = 268
Cassie Pawlak           207-191 = 398

Game totals                685-736  = 1421
Baker games              130-134  = 264

Grand Totals                 815-870  = 1685

Lorain Titans Varsity:

Alicia Barnes                       xx- 167  = 167
Tiffany Diaz                          127-xx    = 127
Tabitha Milam                     141-147  = 288
Brittany Washington           170-143  = 313
Mallery Carver                      110-121  = 231
Taylor Straka                          84-98     = 182

Game Totals                         632-676 =  1308
Baker games                         127-147  = 174

Grand Totals                         759-823  = 1582

Three Lake Erie S/A's named All Ohio

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Three members of the Lake Erie College men's soccer team were named to the All-Ohio second team by the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association (OCSA). 

The players to receive honors were junior goalkeeper Ricky Carreira (Toronto, Ont./Dante Alighieri Academy), sophomore midfielder Danny Eborall (Sheffield, England/Averett University) and freshman defender Willy Cognee (Montreal Quebec, Canada). 

"We are really trying to establish a program here which is elite in the state of Ohio," said Lake Erie Head Coach Davie Carmichael.  "This season was a big set towards that and we expect these type honors to keep coming in the year's ahead."

Carreira is the first-team GLIAC goalkeeper for the second straight year, become the first Lake Erie player to be a two-time first-team member.  The junior finished second in the GLIAC with 79 saves this season, starting all 18 matches, after leading NCAA Division II in saves in 2010.  He was in the goal for two shutouts this season and even assisted a key goal against Northwood in a 2-1 overtime win on Oct. 16.  Against Saginaw Valley State on Oct. 14, Carriera made his 280th career save to break the Lake Erie record.

Eborall earned second-team All-Region in his first season at Lake Erie in 2011 after transferring from Averett University.  The sophomore led the Storm in goals and points, with seven and 16, respectively.  His seven goals tied for fourth in the GLIAC.  

The Sheffield, England native started all eighteen games this season and scored the game winning goal in a win over Findlay. 

Cognee helped lead a complete overhaul of the Storm defense from a season ago and was named GLIAC Freshman of the Year.  

Though Cognee began the season as just a 16-year old, he stepped in from day one and played in all 18 matches with 17 starts.  The freshman was one of three new starters on the Lake Erie back line this season and manned the left back position.  The squad allowed 27 goals in 18 matches this season (1.5 gpg.) after surrendering 49 in the same number of matches a season ago. 

Heidelberg Women's Basketball to Host 

Baldwin-Wallace in OAC Tilt Tuesday

TIFFIN, Ohio-The Heidelberg University women's basketball team looks to get
back on the winning track Tuesday, Jan. 25 when it hosts Baldwin-Wallace
College in an Ohio Athletic Conference game at Seiberling Gymnasium in
Tiffin, Ohio.  Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.

Live stats for the contest will be available at

Heidelberg (4-13, 1-9 OAC) will try to snap a four-game losing streak
following a 77-53 setback Saturday at Wilmington College.  Sophomore guard
Emily Giel (Burton/Burkshire) matched a season-high with 14 points and made
a season-high four three-pointers, junior forward Molly Schriber (Sidney)
added 10 points, and senior guard Jazmine Shaw (Columbus/Hamilton Township)
tallied six points and pulled down a game and season-high six rebounds
against the Quakers.

Fourth-year head coach Marcie Alberts will likely run a five-guard set,
including sophomores Kathleen Phillips (Sandusky/St. Mary's), Megan Miller
(Tiffin/Columbian) and Giel, junior Jordan Ickes (Wooster/Triway) and Shaw.
Phillips enters tomorrow's tilt leading the OAC in scoring at 17.3 points
per game, fifth with an 81.4 (70-of-86) free throw percentage and eighth
with 33 steals.  Miller tallies 8.5 ppg. and leads the team with 4.8
rebounds per game.  Giel scores 7.7 ppg., has passed for a team-high 31
assists, is tied for fourth in the OAC with 30 three-pointers and shoots
33.7 percent (30-of-89) from beyond the arc, good for ninth in the
conference.  Ickes averages 6.4 ppg., shoots 37.6 percent (44-of-117) from
the field and has recorded 25 assists.  Shaw tallies 2.3 ppg. and 2.5 rpg.

As a team, Heidelberg scores 60.8 ppg., shoots 34.0 percent from the field
and pulls down 36.5 rpg.  The 'Berg is third in the OAC with 97 triples, a
fourth with 58 blocks and 169 steals.

Baldwin-Wallace (10-7, 5-5 OAC) is currently tied for fifth place in the
conference standings and has won three of its last five games after a 91-59
drubbing Saturday of Marietta College in Berea.  Five Yellow Jackets scored
in double figures, led by Natalia Simovic, who came off the bench to tally
12 points and match a team-high with six rebounds, and Nancy Coulter and
Megan Frisina with 11 points each.  B-W shot 50.8 percent (31-of-61) overall
and 68.8 percent (11-of-16) from three-point range.

Twenty-first year head coach Cheri Harrer expects to start Jessica Lairson
and Rachel Rossman in the backcourt and Catherine Spisak, Jessica Carpenter
and Nancy Coulter at the post positions.  Lairson leads B-W with 11.8 ppg.
and 26 steals.  Carpenter tallies 9.5 ppg. and is seventh in the OAC with a
34.6 (18-of-52) three point shooting percentage.  Coulter averages 7.4 ppg.
and 4.8 rpg. and is second in the circuit with 21 blocks.  Rossman scores
3.9 ppg. and is second in the OAC with 78 assists.  Spisak tallies 3.8 ppg.
and is third in the league with 9.8 rpg.

The Yellow Jackets score an OAC-low 57.8 ppg., but are third in scoring
defense, allowing 57.4 ppg.  B-W shoots 38.6 percent overall and is third in
both three-point shooting (31.3) and free throw percentage (71.9).

B-W has won 19 consecutive games in the series dating back to Jan. 20, 2004.
In the first meeting between the two teams on Dec. 7, 2011, four Yellow
Jackets, led by Carpenter's 20 points and a 10-point 15-rebound
double-double from Spisak, scored in double figures as B-W secured a 70-63
victory in Berea.  Coulter had 12 points and five rebounds and Lairson added
11 markers.  The Berg was led by Phillips' 25 points on 10-of-27 shooting
and 10 points from Giel.

Following Wednesday's contest, the Berg will host Muskingum University at 2
p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28 in the first game of a Shoot for the Cure/Coaches
vs. Cancer men's and women's doubleheader.  All proceeds will be donated to
charity.  In addition, the women's basketball team will hold its annual
Alumni Game at 12 p.m.

Oberlin names LAX captains

Oberlin, Ohio – First-year Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach Jacqueline McDevitt named four captains for the upcoming 2012 season, with one coming from each grade level. 

Alice Zicht headlines the foursome as the senior representative, while goalie Madeleine O’Meara represents the juniors. After an impressive rookie season in 2011, Phoebe Hammer leads the sophomore unit, while two-sport standout Kate Hanick will represent the first-years.

"I am more than excited about this group of captains that was selected by our team and coaching staff,” McDevitt said. “I believe we have a great mix of experience, passion and commitment within these four talented women. Each one of them adds a different dynamic to the championship culture we are building here at Oberlin. Their drive for academic and athletic success will help lead our team in attaining our goals this season and in the years to come.”

Zicht, a three-year starter who has amassed 56 career goals in 42 games, is coming off a season in which scored 17 goals and led the team with 49 draw controls en route to finishing second in the NCAC with 3.77 draws per game, which also ranked 46th in the nation. A 2010 All-NCAC Honorable Mention selection, Zicht scored a career-high 26 goals in that season.  McDevitt on Zicht, “Alice brings four years of competitive playing experience and is one of the most vocal players on the team. Her mentorship of our young team is exciting to have.”

After starting all 15 games as a rookie in 2010, O’Meara started in goal eight times last spring. She made 50 saves in over 429 minutes of work in the cage. However, as a rookie she turned away 167 shots and led the NCAC with 11.13 saves per game. This year she is moving out of the crease to a field position. McDevitt on O’Meara, “Maddie is a great example of what a liberal arts education paired with athletics means, her commitment to the team as a whole is unprecedented and her desire to get better every day is a standard for us. She is also the co-editor of the sports page for the school's newspaper.”

Hammer, who started all 13 games last season as a freshman, finished the season with seven goals and one assist. Furthermore, she was a perfect 4-of-4 on free-position attempts. Coach McDevitt will be looking for her to increase her role this spring. McDevitt on Hammer, “Representing a strong sophomore class, Hammer will live up to her name. Her approach to the game and her team is thoughtful and calculated; she brings calmness to the squad that will help us keep composure in big games. She is also on the SAAC board.”

Hanick got her first taste intercollegiate athletics in the fall as a member of the Oberlin women’s soccer team. A Second-Team All Ches-Mont League selection as a senior at Kennett High School in Pennsylvania, Hanick is expected to come in and have an immediate impact for the Yeowomen.  McDevitt on Hanick, “Hanick brings a fire and drive to lead this squad for many years to come. Although only just a freshman, Hanick has the knack for finding what works for the team and her confidence is something that will be contagious."